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Cricket

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11-27-2015 04:37 PM

Where do you find plans for woodworking projects?

Do you have sources where you buy them?

Do you use programs like SketchUp or simply draw out your ideas on paper to create your own?

-- "Show respect even to people who don’t deserve it, not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours."


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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 11-27-2015 04:53 PM

Can we have a rule that anyone posting Teds Terrible Woodworking gets banned from the site? :-)

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Walt

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#2 posted 11-27-2015 04:57 PM

Cricket
If your looking for Free complete plans go to Woodsmith.com/plans. If you want a magazine that has woodworking information and NO ads. Woodsmith is the best one. I use woodsmith.com and Shopnotes.com and access their online library there are plans for gifts and shop projects. Hope this if helpful

-- Walt Wilmington Delaware, http://waltlumley@yahoo.com

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jumbojack

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#3 posted 11-27-2015 05:06 PM

I don’t have a specific place to buy plans. When I want to build a project that requires a plan I will search numerous sites to find just that One.
Most of my stuff comes out of my head. When I don’t have something in mind to build I go to the scrap bin(s) find some material and just start some joinery and see what progresses.
My most recent project was specific, a locking box to hold my Colt 45. I had some oak left from a bench project that was just enough for what I wanted. So the project being just a box with a lid I Evan by measuring the pistol and went from there
The joinery:

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 11-27-2015 05:08 PM

Walt: I agree +++++

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Richard

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#5 posted 11-27-2015 05:18 PM


Can we have a rule that anyone posting Teds Terrible Woodworking gets banned from the site? :-)

- Monte Pittman


But Ted has the best offer there is. Anyway it would be if it were anywhere near Real.

There is a Link right at the top of this page for 100 free plans .

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Bluepine38

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#6 posted 11-27-2015 05:40 PM

Darn Richard my link is “Find out how Santa takes his milk and Cookies.” I missed out on the plans.
I have more plans and projects than I will ever finish. Some were collected from Popular Science and
Popular Mechanics back when and from I can not remember where, I have the first issues of Woodsmith
with its plans. It is so bad I can not find the plans I know I have somewhere, so I just build it like I
remember it should be.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Ted Ewen

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#7 posted 11-27-2015 05:50 PM

I’ve been using libgen to find woodworking books and magazines that include plans. From there I try to work them up in SketchUp – seeing if the drawings and descriptions result in anything viable. The number of plans which do not, quite, is surprising, but I could be doing all sorts of things wrong :D

go to Woodsmith.com/plans …
- Walt

“Sorry, but the page you’re looking for doesn’t seem to be here. If you’d like to try again, here’s a link to our homepage.

Maybe: http://www.woodsmithshop.com/episodes/downloads/ ?

-- Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass.

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Ted Ewen

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#8 posted 11-27-2015 05:54 PM

oops

-- Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass.

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sras

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#9 posted 11-27-2015 06:14 PM

For ideas, I use Lumberjocks, Woodsmith, Shopnotes Back Issue DVD, Fine Woodworking Back Issue DVD

When it comes time to commit to a project I almost always design my own – either in Cad on on paper (depending on complexity). For me, the design & planning process is as much fun as the actual creation.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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bandit571

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#10 posted 11-27-2015 06:56 PM

Plans….plans…...what are plans???

I just use my Single Brain Cell Sketch Up. Rarely if ever write things down. Not very good at making a drawing, either. Mainly go with the wood I have on hand…..

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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Thom

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#11 posted 11-27-2015 07:02 PM

I like using sketch up and also like buying plans from Ron Paulk and Jay’s creation and finding free plans from Ana White, sawdust girls, Kreg and assortment of woodworking magazines and articles and you tube the possibilities are endless weather there free or if you have to purchase them. But please check out the sites I have mentioned there is some really great stuff out there. And last but not least here at Lumberjocks.

-- Thom CT.

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Logan Windram

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#12 posted 11-27-2015 07:05 PM

I do my own plans on vellum, or on a full sheet for 1/4 inch MDF if it’s not too detailed. If you don’t do your own plans or have never done them, I’d urged them to learn. I love doing hand drawn shop plans, it gives you intimate connection with the piece you are building, and you catch so many mistakes that were hidden in the concept but hashed out in the drawing. A good drawing should take quite a bit of time, be done to perfection but it will make your build a breeze.

Sketch up for me in the creative process seems limiting… I like to hash out ideas on a sketch book to start. I also like a full size drawing, I find it hard to make the leap from a 3D model on a screen and getting a feeling for the fine point of great pieces, meaning thickness of edges, legs, etc. I know some people love it and swear by it, but working in that 3D world feels distant from the creation to me.

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Monte Pittman

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#13 posted 11-27-2015 07:06 PM

I am with Steve. I look at a lot of pictures until I can “see” in my mind what I want. I build it from there.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Knothead62

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#14 posted 11-28-2015 01:43 PM

Idea>pencil, paper, ruler>project. Tried SketchUp and GaveUp. A new trick for an old dog didn’t work.

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rhybeka

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#15 posted 11-28-2015 01:58 PM

I’m with Thom – usually Ana White gets me started – her stuff is at my skill level and fairly easy to understand. The directions sometimes leave out steps in the process that i require so I’ve found building the model in sketchup (which they don’t provide a skp file I’m guessing due to copyright but use sketchup pics for steps) to get a better visual and to make my own changes. It also gives me good practice in sketchup. getting better every project! It really just depends on what kind of project I’m looking to build though. :)

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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